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garlic and herb pasta in gray pan

Easy Garlic and Herb Pasta

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  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large servings
  • Diet: Vegan


If you’re looking for an easy, approachable, and flavor-packed pasta, this garlic and herb pasta is for you. Level up your pasta in a new, herbaceous way, with simple ingredients and about 30 minutes of your time.


  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or as desired
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano
  • 1/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper, as desired


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, generously salt the water and add in your pasta of choice. Cook according to the package directions on the lower end of the cooking spectrum (so if it says 8-10 minutes, only cook it for 8).
  2. In the meantime, heat a medium skillet over low heat, add in the olive oil, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Allow the mixture to come to a low simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the garlic begins to become golden. Be careful not to burn the garlic here! You want it to cook slowly.
  3. Add in all of the herbs and stir through, allowing them to cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Once your pasta is ready, drain it but reserve about 1/2 cup of additional pasta water. Add in the cooked pasta along with about 1/4 cup of pasta water, vegan parmesan cheese, and fresh lemon juice. Toss everything together until uniform. If the pasta seems too dry, add in 2-4 tablespoons more of the starchy pasta water.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!


  • This recipe requires you to have 2 pots going at once so it is best to be fully prepared before getting started. This means having all of the ingredients prepped and measured, as well as reading through the instructions to get a feel for what is coming up next.
  • Feel free to modify the herbs based on what you have at home.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Enree
  • Method: Stovetop